Creative Ways to Teach Character Analysis

Nov 8th 2015

Authors use many different types of characters to tell a story.  Characters help us feel like we are a part of the story and give us an opportunity to see into their hearts and examine their motivations. Since characters play such […]

Making Meaningful Text Connections

Nov 1st 2015

“I’m Chloe the Connecting Coyote, and I make connections. Connections help you understand your reading selections. Link the story to your life or what you’ve read in a book. These text connections are guaranteed to get you hooked.” Chloe the […]

Use Picture Clues to Support Decoding & Comprehension

Oct 18th 2015

“My name is Dexter the Detecting Deer. Now let me tell you why I’m here. I’ll help you look for picture clues, So you don’t get the reading blues. Look at the pictures to figure out What the words are […]

Making Purposeful Predictions

Oct 12th 2015

“Welcome, I’m Peter the Predicting Possum. Making guesses while you read is…oh…so awesome! Use picture and word clues to guess what will happen next. Then read on to find the outcome in the text.” Peter the Predicting Possum is one our […]

Eliminate Math Anxiety {FREE BOOK}

Sep 20th 2015

Panic, paranoia, shutting down, frustration, and lack of confidence are all symptoms of math anxiety. Math anxiety has been defined as feelings of tension and anxiety that interfere with the manipulation of numbers and the solving of mathematical problems in […]

Teaching Visualization to Increase Comprehension

Sep 7th 2015

“I’m Vern the Visualizing Vulture; use me like a TV. Events, characters, and settings are what I help you see. If you picture these in your mind like your favorite movie, Then understanding what you read will be so groovy!” […]

Scaffolding Text-Dependent Questions for Struggling Readers

Aug 23rd 2015

“Hey, I’m Quinn the Questioning Quail; use me when you read. Questions are the way to get the information you need. Good readers ask questions to help them understand; They read the text to find the answers—that’s a smart plan.” […]

Creating Reflective Learners

May 11th 2015

Students are more successful when they monitor and reflect upon their thinking and learning. Cultivate a classroom of self-reflective learners using these concrete strategies from our recent blog post at Really Good Stuff.

The Owl Has Landed…

May 4th 2015

‘OWL’ of our hard work has paid off! We are thrilled to announce the launch of our products at Really Good Stuff, a leading educational catalog company that sells high-quality, innovative teaching tools. Really Good Stuff discovered us and were […]

Mastering Multisyllabic Words

Apr 12th 2015

                                            “I’m Charlie the Chunking Chipmunk. What’s new? I break words into small chunks and you can, too. Look […]

Literature Studies Made Easy

Apr 8th 2015

Wondering how to integrate multiple strategies within context of authentic literature? Are you overwhelmed at thought of planning a comprehensive literature study? At last, the secret to successful literature studies is revealed in 5 simple steps.  Sound too good to […]

How to Use Elkonin Boxes and Sounding-Out Slates

Mar 30th 2015

                                        “I’m Sally the Sounding-Out Snake. S-s-say, have you heard? Stretch out all the sounds that you see in a word. […]

Create Your Own Magical Guided Reading Strategies Roost

Mar 17th 2015

Do you love our reading strategies animals but aren’t sure how to incorporate into your classroom theme? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! You don’t need to have an owl or woodland theme at all.  Create your own personalized […]

Whooo’s Hazel?

Mar 8th 2015

Hazel Hoot, an adorable green screech owl, is a struggling learner as she lacks the strategies needed to help her succeed. In our charming book, Hazel Meets the Reading Strategy Friends, Hazel stumbles upon a magical tree in the forest. […]

Guided Reading Strategies That Actually Work

Feb 12th 2015

      Guiding reading can be daunting, especially with the new instructional shifts and standards. Teachers are asking themselves such questions as: “What text do I use?” “What strategies do I teach?” “How do I keep all students engaged?” […]

Informational Text is a Hoot!

Jan 11th 2015

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to incorporate additional informational text and shared research into my classroom so I created Owls Are A Hoot: An Informational Text Unit to meet these these needs in an engaging way. Before the […]

Looking For A Last Minute Holiday Project?

Dec 15th 2014

                                            Looking for a last minute holiday art project? Check out these easy, adorable activities that require minimal prep […]

Olive the Other Reindeer to the Rescue!

Dec 13th 2014

  There are still a few more weeks until winter vacation, but Santa, stockings and sugar are the focus of children’s minds! Olive the Other Reindeer is coming to the rescue! Our adorable  Olive the Other Reindeer Unit will capture […]

Friendly Letters: Superhero Style

Sep 12th 2014

Children love superheroes so what better way to engage them in writing than with Letterman? During my second-grade friendly letter study, Letterman, our Friendly Letter Superhero, visits the classroom each day to teach a specific friendly letter skill. He leaves […]

Blast Off Back to School Sale!

Aug 3rd 2014

As veteran teachers, we know that the beginning of year often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress. Let us alleviate some of your stress with our tried and true back to school resources […]

Ready to Research

May 7th 2014

    We are nearing the end of the year (seriously summer can’t come soon enough) and my students are growing more hyper and less productive by the minute.  In an effort to increase engagement and keep my sanity, I […]

Emmy Equating Earthworm Is Here!

Apr 20th 2014

Emmy Equating Earthworm here. I help you write a variety of equations without any fear. Horizontally or vertically, it doesn’t matter the direction, I will help you solve each one to numerical perfection.     Emmy Equating Earthworm  is our […]

It’s Tom Tabling Turtle!

Apr 13th 2014

Howdy, I’m Tom Tabling Turtle and I make tables- These are columns and rows with numbers and labels. Always organize your information, is what I say, So you can discover patterns and relationships in a logical way. Tom Tabling Turtle […]

A Sweet Treat for Test-Taking

Apr 6th 2014

Standardized testing is stressful for everyone! Prepare these Test Prep Bags to help motivate and encourage your test-takers. Sugar cures everything! Simply purchase treat bags or paper lunch sacks and select the candy to be used. I choose the camo […]

Presenting Brian Breaking Badger

Apr 3rd 2014

Hi, I’m Brian Breaking Badger, and I love to break numbers apart. Separating place value is considered my art! I break numbers into ones and tens with my teeth, Then I work with the place value underneath. I’ll add or subtract […]